Successful people are known to start their day early in the morning, typically at 5.30 – 6.00 a.m., to exercise and have a healthy breakfast. There’s no surprise that many of them are very health conscious and like to incorporate many cereals, fruits and vegetables in their balanced lifestyles. In fact, many of their nutritional choices also reflect the Diet of the Common Sense Principles:
– Start every day with breakfast
– The 80-20 rule – 80% healthy choices and 20% “best of the rest”
– Adjust portions sizes – recommended 3 meals and 2 healthy snacks/day
– Right number of 5 meals/day
– Sip enough water, 2-3 liters/day
Many celebrities over 40 that have a healthy lifestyle live by the 80-20 rule, which helps them balance their busy lives and careers, while staying healthy, in shape and looking amazing.
At her age, Gisele Bündchen looks incredible and this is due to a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition and sport, which she makes a priority. She starts the day drinking a mug of warm water with lemon that helps with metabolism and body alkalinization and with all the benefits that hydration has for the body. She wakes up at 5.30 and this is the first thing she does in the morning. For breakfast and brunch, Gisele typically chooses eggs, avocado toast, coconut yogurt with berries or toast with almond butter and honey.
Gisele is also a fan of superfoods and 80% of her food choices are based on organic vegetables, whole grains, beans, broccoli, avocado, quinoa and other healthy oils. The other 20% is based on lean meat and fish. Her family does not eat refined sugar, white flour or diaries.
Another celebrity that sticks to the 80-20 principle when applied to nutrition is Tiffani Thiessen from „Saved by the Bell”. She makes sure to get her healthy vegetables with every meal of the day. Being from California, avocado toast is a very popular choice. When she eats the foods from the 20% category, she considers herself „a little more adventurous”, as she told People magazine.
Doutzen Kroes maintains a healthy lifestyle on a regular basis. She loves green juices and boiled eggs and toast with cheese, tomatoes and avocado slices for breakfast.
She finds that traveling is her biggest challenge, especially in airports it’s sometimes difficult to find healthy choices, so she makes sure she brings some protein bars and fresh fruit when she is on the go.
If you also spend a large part of your time traveling or in your car, get inspired by our post Healthy Portable Meals For Busy People Who are Constantly on the Go.
Jennifer Aniston is very cautious with her food choices and tries to keep a balanced lifestyle on a regular basis. She does not follow strict nutritional rules, but rather advises to eat as much organic fruits and veggies, to keep sugar intake low, drink plenty of water and get good sleep. Her breakfast can be a smoothie or eggs with avocado toast on the side. For an extra boost of protein, she will choose oatmeal with egg whites whipped in.
For lunch and dinner, Jennifer will regularly choose simple options consisting in some form of vegetables or salad with protein. Her healthy snacks include apples, almond butter or some nuts. She is also in love with pasta – as a healthy option she will choose pasta with veggies, or as an indulgence she will have an option with bacon. She says she always keeps raw vegetables in a container in the fridge.
Cindy Crawford starts every day with a cup of green tea and a protein shake and often has a salad for lunch. Her favorite meal consists in a kale salad with a piece of salmon on it.
“It’s good to not eat [all] the same foods every day. That can cause allergies. It’s better to rotate. Then you’re getting all the different vitamins and minerals. But there are [some] things that are good to have every day, like spirulina in your smoothie or a little bit of turmeric”, she told ELLE. Or salmon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. If you’re eating antioxidants, they help boost the free radicals in your body, helping reverse the anti-aging process.
Martha Steward also believes in the power of healthy choices and is considered a lifestyle guru by People magazine. She drinks fresh juices every morning because „it’s like power”. A breakfast example is poached salmon with lemon juice.
Actress Minka Kelly looks fabulous and part of her healthy looks can be attributed to her daily smoothies, typically made of vegetable protein powder, blueberries, bananas and almond milk.
Victoria Beckham is known to have had problems with skin, but at the advice of her dermatologist she started to eat salmon (rich in omega 3 fatty acids) daily. Now her skin looks very good and defies time.
Julia Roberts has balanced meals, typically consisting in a lot of vegetables and healthy grains. For breakfast, she usually has granola, berries and yogurt. A lunch example can be spinach filo pie with wheat pilaf. And dinner can include quinoa, salmon and veggies.
To keep things simple, there are people who eat the same thing every day. Remember the principle of the Diet of the Common Sense „Start every day with breakfast” that mentions not to skip your healthy breakfast, even if it means eating the same thing every morning. It’s ok, as long as your food choices are healthy and you have varied lunch, dinner and snacks options. For example, Ina Garten has had the same breakfast every day for 10 years, consisting of coffee and oatmeal, according to People magazine.
Also, actress Eva Mendes likes to think of food as „fuel for her body”, so she has no problem to eat the same thing every day. For lunch or dinner, she usually has salmon and rice/quinoa, sometimes with a salad.
Michelle Obama, the former First Lady often eats fish, vegetables, vegetarian pizza for lunch and sometimes brown rice and potatoes.
In 2011, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO and founder, started a strange eating regime as a personal challenge. Since then, his food choices were mostly vegetarian, except for the food whose origin and quality he could control, coming from sustainable farms.
Oprah has soup and a salad every day for lunch. One of her favorites are tomato soup, Tuscan kale and apple salad.
Tennis champion Andy Murray often has salmon and rice for lunch, according to Business Insider.
Tony Robbins is 57 years old and he works 16 hours a day, being involved as a business advisor for 33 companies and as a business coach and mentor for millionaires. At this speed of work, there is no wonder that he needs a properly designed diet to fit his daily needs of nutrients and keep his body in balance. He follows his full-time personal trainer’s advice and likes to keep things simple, that is why most of the time his meals are standardized, but healthy, incorporating lots of vegetables, protein bars and shakes.
His diet includes an “adrenal support cocktail” with superfoods rich in antioxidants – you can find the recipe here, together with Tony Robbins meals plan.
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